Saturday morning after having a relaxed breakfast we finally decided to rent a scooter and visiting the Plain of Jars. There are almost 100 sites around Phonsavan which date back at least 2,000 years. But only 18 sites are open to the public as the rest is still not yet cleared from UXO. As the tribes which are living nowadays here are not the same as the one’s 2,000 years ago it’s pretty unclear what are all these jars made for. The most accepted version is that the were made for a funeral. It’s believed that the ashes were stored in the small jars whereas the things for worship the ancestors are on display in the larger ones. Another popular explanation is that for the celebration of a large victory from a Laos king, which takes usually several months or even years during this time, Lao Lao whisky was stored in the jars…for me the most comprehensively explanation as I always believed in Whisky in the Jar 😉. And the third explanation is that during rainy season water was stored in the jars, for using it during dry season. Even the distance to the quarry is very far, and the locations of the Plain of Jars sites very remote, it was not an issue, as there were many elephants living here, which did the job.